How To Read Literature Like A Professor Revised Edition: A Lively And Entertaining Guide To Reading…

How To Read Literature Like A Professor Revised Edition: A Lively And Entertaining Guide To Reading…

Paperback | February 25, 2014

byThomas C. Foster

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A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster’s classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.

While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes-of the ultimate professional reader, the college professor.

What does it mean when a literary hero is traveling along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he’s drenched in a sudden rain shower?

Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower-and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface and epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.

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A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster’s classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes and contexts, that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, ...

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A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable.While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, ...

Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry as well as creative writing and composition. He is the author ofTwenty-five Books That Shaped Americaand several books on twentieth-century British and Irish fiction and poetry. He lives in East Lansi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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"A smart, accessible, and thoroughly satisfying examination of what it means to read a work of literature. Guess what? It isn't all that hard, not when you have a knowledgeable guide to show the way. Dante had his Virgil; for everyone else, there is Thomas Foster." - Nicholas A. Basbanes, author of A Gentle Madness, Patience & Fortitude, and Among the Gently Mad"Tom Foster's casual, unpretentious, yet brilliant How To Read Literature Like a Professor is a painless introduction to crucial - and sophisticated-skills of reading. What a sense of the comic! What a knowledge of modern literature! What good stories!" - Linda Wagner-Martin, UNC-Chapel Hill, author of Sylvia Plath: A Life"I know of no other book that so vividly conveys what it's like to study with a great literature professor. In a work that is both down-to-earth and rich in insight, Thomas Foster goes far towards breaking down the wall that has long divided the academic and the common reader." - James Shapiro, Columbia University, author of Shakespeare and the Jews